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The 2017 Cybils Winners

There’s really not much to say, here at the announcement of the winners, except a HUGE Thank You (!) to all our volunteers: chairs, panelists, and judges. We could NOT have done it without you!  Board Books Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear by Nathan Thoms, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros Harry N Abrams Nominated by: Charlotte Learning about facial expressions and …

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CYBILS Winners TOMORROW!

Now that the excitement from the ALA Youth Media Awards have died down (we really are living in a super-fast news cycle!) (who are we kidding: we’re still excited!) we want to remind you that we’ll have yet ANOTHER reason to be excited about children’s literature: At 9:30 a.m. PST we’ll announce this year’s CYBILS winners!! You’ll want to come …

2017 Finalist Reactions!

We love seeing them! Here’s what we found across social media over the past couple of days:        Ahhhhhhhh The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is a Cybils Finalist (in the Elementary/MG Speculative Fiction category: https://t.co/pUeBF9dRTb )!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       I am so, SO thrilled and over-the-moon about this!!! @KidsBloomsbury @bloomsburykids https://t.co/erjE1QctrC     — Stephanie Burgis 🐲 …

2017 Cybils Finalists

2017 was a difficult year, all around. Participation was down (we had to put Audiobooks on hiatus!), several judges and category chairs had personal or family crises, and we had issues with getting access to all the books. It wasn’t easy for the Cybils this year.  However, we rallied — we had 1426 books nominated across all the categories — we …

2017 Public Nominations are Closed

Thank you to everyone who nominated for the 2017 Cybils Awards. Nominations from the public are now closed for the year. The judges are already at work reading and evaluating all the wonderful books nominated. Finalists will be announced January 1. We are now accepting submissions from authors and publishers through October 25, for books which were missed during the …

Nominate NOW!

The 2017 Cybils nominations are now live! Some quick reminders: First off, be sure to check out our category descriptions. If you don’t know where the book should go, please read through the descriptions to help you decide. If you’re still not quite sure, make your best guess, and we can straighten things out behind the scenes. Take a minute …

It’s Sepember 30th Already?

And you know what that means, don’t you? Only 24 more hours (more or less) until the Cybils nominations open!!  I’m sure you’ve been thinking long and hard over the past few weeks about which books you want to nominate in every category, and you’re going to stay up super late (or get up super early; or maybe you just …

Category Descriptions: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction takes us to realms of the imagination: places and times and realities where the rules of life may be different than our own and where the impossible and improbable become real. But good science fiction and fantasy does more than that: it asks, “What if?” It makes us think. It holds up a mirror to our own society …

Category Description: Young Adult Fiction

The world as it was and is. Not as it could, or would, or should be. Send the dystopias and space operas, the fairies and angels, the blood-suckers, zombies, and alternate realities to Seculative Fiction. In YA Fiction we are looking for realistic fiction, be it contemporary or historical, funny or mysterious, romantic or adventurous. We want the real world …

Category Description: Junior/Senior High Nonfiction

Novels may get all the glory, but we know that truth is stranger than fiction any day of the week. We’re currently in a golden age of nonfiction. Forget the dry stuff they used to read in school to help with homework–today’s authors understand how important a great nonfiction piece of writing is to both students and teachers, both for …